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Hepatitis A Vaccination protects against hepatitis A.

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Hepatitis A Vaccination (One Dose - Requires Two Doses)

Overview

Understanding Hepatitis A Vaccination

Hepatitis A is a highly contagious liver infection caused by the hepatitis A virus. It can lead to significant liver disease and is primarily spread through the ingestion of contaminated food or water. The global prevalence of hepatitis A varies, with higher rates in regions with poor sanitation and hygiene practices.

Prevention

The most effective way to prevent hepatitis A is through vaccination. The Hepatitis A Vaccination typically requires two doses for complete immunization. The first dose provides protection that starts four weeks after vaccination, and the second dose, given 6 to 12 months later, ensures long-term immunity.
For those planning to travel, it is recommended to start the Hep A immunization schedule at least two weeks before departure to ensure the best possible protection.

Who’s at Risk?

Individuals traveling to areas with high rates of hepatitis A, those working in close contact with the virus, and people with chronic liver disease are at increased risk of contracting hepatitis A.

Countries at Risk

Regions with the highest risk include parts of Africa, Central and South America, Eastern Europe, and Asia. Find country-specific vaccine recommendations with Travel Health Pro.

Signs and Symptoms

Symptoms of hepatitis A can include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, vomiting, abdominal pain, dark urine, clay-coloured bowel movements, joint pain, and jaundice.
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Key Takeaways

  • Hepatitis A is a contagious liver infection, prevalent in regions with poor sanitation.
  • The Hepatitis A Vaccination, requiring two doses, is the most effective prevention method.
  • High-risk groups include travelers to high-risk areas, those in close contact with the virus, and people with chronic liver disease.
  • Symptoms of hepatitis A include fever, fatigue, loss of appetite, nausea, and jaundice.
  • In the UK, the cost of a single dose of Hepatitis A vaccination ranges from £50 to £70.
  • Good hygiene practices and adherence to the vaccination schedule are crucial for prevention while traveling.
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Typical Costs & Insurance

The cost of a Hepatitis A Vaccination can vary depending on the Private Provider that you choose. Enter your postcode and click search to compare the cost of Hepatitis A Vaccination directly on Odycy to find the best Hepatitis A Vaccination prices near you.

The cost of Hepatitis A Vaccination may be covered by private health insurance plans, depending on the specifics of the policy. Check with your insurance provider to understand what is covered.

For those without insurance or if insurance doesn't cover the cost of Hepatitis A Vaccination, self-pay options are available.

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Frequently Asked Questions

What is Hepatitis A Vaccination?

Hepatitis A Vaccination is a preventive measure against the contagious liver infection, Hepatitis A. It typically requires two doses for complete immunization, providing protection against the virus primarily spread through contaminated food or water.

Who should get vaccinated against Hepatitis A?

The Hepatitis A vaccine is recommended for all children at age 1 year, persons who are at increased risk for infection, persons who are at increased risk for severe disease, and any person wishing to obtain immunity.

How is the Hepatitis A vaccine given?

The Hepatitis A vaccine is given as an injection in the muscle of the upper arm. It typically requires two doses for complete immunization.

Is the Hepatitis A vaccine effective?

Yes, the Hepatitis A vaccine is highly effective. The first dose provides protection that starts four weeks after vaccination, and the second dose, given 6 to 12 months later, ensures long-term immunity.

Is the Hepatitis A vaccine safe?

Yes, the Hepatitis A vaccine is safe. Like any medicine, vaccines can have side effects, but they are usually minor and temporary.

Who should not receive the Hepatitis A vaccine?

People who have had a severe allergic reaction to a previous dose of the Hepatitis A vaccine or who are known to be allergic to any part of the Hepatitis A vaccine should not receive the vaccine.

Can I prevent infection after exposure to the Hepatitis A virus?

Yes, if you have been exposed to the Hepatitis A virus, you can still prevent infection by getting the Hepatitis A vaccine or immune globulin within two weeks of exposure.

If I have had Hepatitis A in the past, can I get it again?

No, once you recover from Hepatitis A, you develop lifelong immunity and cannot get the 

Further Information

Travel Precautions

To avoid contracting hepatitis A while traveling, adhere to good hygiene practices such as regular handwashing with safe water, consuming food that is fully cooked and served hot, and drinking bottled or boiled water. Vaccination remains the cornerstone of prevention, and travelers should ensure they are vaccinated according to the recommended schedule.

References

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